Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance (DIQA)

Networking of DIQA with Departments and Research and Extension Centers 

The University of Kashmir has institutionalized quality assurance by upgrading IQAC to Directorate level and designating it as Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance with establishment of its network down to the departmental level. The spirit behind this move is to associate all Departments/Centres with the activities of DIQA. This would provide a pro-active facilitative link between departments and the DIQA and a meaningful mechanism of monitoring and assessment of quality education in all its dimensions at the grass root level. This synergistic approach generated a team spirit amongst all stakeholders with a sense of participation, responsibility and commitment in their multi component contribution towards the institution.

 

Compositions of (DIQA)

 

The composition of DIQA at the University and College levels shall be as follows

 

a.         Head of the Institution                                                  Chairperson

 

b.         Five (in case of College) or eight (in case of a University)               

 

             Senior teachers and one senior administrative official Member

 

c.         Two (in case of a college) or three (in case of a University)

 

             External experts on Quality Management/Industry/ On Quality Management/Industry/ Local      Community                             Members

 

d.         Director/Coordinator of IQAC                                                                       Member Secretary

 

Functions of DIQA

 

Development and application of quality benchmarks/parameters for various academic and administrative activities of the higher educational institutions;

Facilitating the creation of a learner-centric environment conducive for quality education and faculty maturation to adopt the required knowledge and technology for participatory teaching and learning process;

Arrangement for feedback responses from students, parents and other stakeholders on quality-related institutional processes;

Dissemination of information on various quality parameters of higher education;

Organization of inter and intra institutional workshops, seminars on quality related themes and promotion of quality circles;

Documentation of various programmes/activities of the higher educational institutions leading to quality improvement;

Acting as a nodal agency of the higher educational institutions for coordinating quality related activities, including adoption, establishment promotion and dissemination of best practices;

Composition of Departmental Internal Quality Assurance Unit DIQAU

 

Each DIQAU has seven members, with HOD/Director as Chairman, and a Nodal Officer liaisoning with the DIQA

 

1.         HOD/Director                                                              Chairman

 

2.         Next Senior Faculty Member                                         01

 

3.         Senior Reader/Senior Scientific Officer                         01

 

4.         Senior Lecturer/Scientific Officer                                  01

 

5.         Nodal Officer                                                                  01

 

6.         Research Scholar                                                            01

 

7.         Student Representative                                                 01

 

Wherever the above mentioned positions are not available, the HOD/Director may include suitable members of faculty in the DIQAU.

 

 Award of Certificates of Merit/Appreciation

 

As step forward for institutionalization of best  & health practices, to promote, develop and encourage the culture of competitiveness, award of certificate of merit and appreciation have been constituted for:-

 

Teaching faculty members

Departments/research and extension centers

Learning resource centers.

Supporting services

Examination-evaluation system.

The prescribed major bench marks which are used to assess for award of these certificates having variable parameters are as under:-

 

Parameters for award of Certificate of Merit and Appreciation to Departments

 

Number of JRF/NET/SET/GRE/GATE qualified students.

Number and quality of research publications in national and international journals.

Number of ongoing and completed research/consultancy projects.

Special assistance under programmers such as FIST/SAP/DRS etc.

Conference organized and MOU’s signed.

Certificate of Merit to Teachers

Number of research papers in journals with impact factor not less than 0.5.

Number of research/consultancy projects handled as Principal Investigator.

Monitoring Mechanism

The Directorate of Quality Assurance monitories implementation of academic programmes offered by the University in the Departments/Centres through fast track feedback mechanism directly from students on prescribed formats already available in the departmental libraries.

It also periodically assesses facilities available to students at departmental and institutional level based on prescribed formats.